Buying a DSLR
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03-22-2013, 04:55 AM
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Some people might tell you different, but at the entry level range there are many good options: Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and to say any brand >>> others is just bs. Nikon and Canon are the most popular brands by far but they're not necessarily better.
The biggest advantage of canon/nikon are their wide lens selections with a big used market and potential to borrow lenses from friends. However, most people who buy DSLRs just stick to the one lens that came with the camera in the box so this is a non-issue in most cases.
You should narrow down your list of potential candidates to a few choices and go to a store and try them out and see how it feels in the hand and make your decision.
Also, you might want to look into some mirrorless cameras. As a casual user, you won't have any gripes about image quality compared to DSLR, and it's lighter as well. I suggest you look at the Olympus EP series, Sony NEX series, and the Panasonic GF series.
If you want some good camera reviews, dpreviews.com is pretty good although it can get a bit too techy and complicated. Also, photoprice.ca is good for browsing prices.
The camera's themselves are a minor part (a cheap part actually) ... the lenses is where it gets expensive and where you find out what you want.
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